Shorebeat has learned from Ocean County officials that a significant portion of Herbertsville Road in Brick Township, which has deteriorated since the road opened almost two years ago, will be repaired next week.
A half-mile section of the road was opened in January 2020 to expose a trench during a project in which the county replaced more than 2,200 feet of drainage pipes. Motorists have since complained that the artery has deteriorated significantly, resulting in potholes and uneven surfaces that rocked vehicles. This week, the county is working on a repaving project on Sally Ike Road, off Herbertsville. Following a recent inspection, County Engineer John Ernst ordered the addition of Herbertsville Road to the project, and crews are expected to begin work on Tuesday.
“It’s about a half mile of road where they’re going to resurface across the width of the payout,” Ernst explained.
The road will be completely repaved between the area next to the Herbertsville Fire Company home and Sawmill Creek, which crosses Herbertsville Road near historic downtown Havens Farm. But while this limited project to repair the portion of road affected by the 2020 construction project will happen immediately – before the winter season does its annual work on the roads – a much larger project is underway for 2022.
“We will step in next year when we launch our full coating project to bid and we will partner on both sides and continue in the rest of Herbertsville,” Ernst said. “From Highway 70 to Sally Ike Highway.”